I don’t know about you, but I am so happy that today is the last day of the month. February was almost a book-free month with only four adult books read: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Spilling Open by Sabrina Harrison Ward, A Photographer’s Life by Annie Leibovitz, and The Big Kahn by Neil Kleid. Since last December I have been stuck in a reading rut that feels as if it’s finally lifting for good. I think I have Cherie Priest’s YA dystopian novel, Boneshaker. I stuck it in my purse the other day as a last resort. Before Boneshaker I couldn’t finish even a magazine. It’s a miracle that I read four books at all. I don’t normally read anything dystopian or much YA, but Priest has written a great book! I’m glad I bought this on impulse last year.
Not only is February and my reading rut coming to an end but also the BLOB game. If you don’t remember, BLOB is a book-acquisition ban game that I was playing with a few other bloggers. Nicole and I were going to keep going until the end of March but decided we’ll wait until the next round in June. During this round I:
- Gave away 72 books, coming in 4th place
- Checked out 7 books from the library
- Entered one contest
- Bought 8 books
- Traded 2 books
- Donated to the charity of my choice 826National
I learned that I love buying books especially for educational purposes even though I have enough unread books on my shelves as it is. I also realized how good it felt to give away books. What didn’t feel good was counting all my unread books and the total being in the 200s. I’m trying to build my dream library now and I would love to read everything I own. Or at least most of it. If I stopped buying books and checking them out from the library, I’m pretty sure I could get through every book on my shelves within the next year. But let’s be honest I love library books! There’s no way I’m giving up the library. Besides I’m eying a few essay collections by Anne Fadiman for my personal library. . .
I’m off to curl up with Boneshaker. It’s 400 pages long and I still have a ton of homework to get through so I won’t finish it today but I don’t mind. What are you reading today?